Nor' Wester Dunkel Weizen | Saxer Brewing Company / Nor'Wester Beer Company

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Nor' Wester Dunkel WeizenNor' Wester Dunkel Weizen

Brewed by:
Saxer Brewing Company / Nor'Wester Beer Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SixpointJMH on 06-09-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by beerguy101:
Photo of beerguy101
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Medium brown color. Small head. Aromas are malts, dark fruits and sweetness. A medium bodied dunkel. Malts are fruity and sweet, touch of roastyness. Hops are slightly spicy. Flavors are mostly chocolate and coffee. Nice refreshing dunkel. Touch of banana and clove are hidden in here as well. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Thrasher
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love real dunkel weissebiers. This ain't one of them. A sort of blank brown (too dark) with a very small head for a weissbier. Dark roasted flavors of coffee and caramel. There seems to be a very mild citric fruitiness derived from the hops that is the high point of this beer, flavorwise. Doesn't really fit the style though. The yeast bolsters the fruit flavor but doesn't have any of the banana or bubble gum flavors that traditional weissbiers have. This is like a ho-hum brown ale with a bit extra spritziness. The dark roasted flavors are too strong and overwhelm what little subtlety the beer has. Maybe not an entirely bad beer but certainly fails in terms of the category.

re-review 9/13/04:
I'm ignoring the designation "dunkel weizen" and simply reviewing this at face value. It is a hearty American dark wheat ale with fine foam and aroma, an enjoyable chocolate taste that contrasts well with the spritziness of the wheat, and a clean finish that implores you to keep drinking. A fine choice for an autumn day with an equal mixture of sun and clouds. I'm bumping up my original score from 2.7 to 3.5. Forget all the glorious German dunkelweizens you've tasted, and enjoy this for what it is: an American wheat ale characteristic of a brown ale, or even a porter.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

others seemed unimpressed with this one. i quite enjoyed it, though i've nothing to compare it with as it's the first in the style i've sampled. it pours a slightly cloudy brown colour with a nice tan head. the smell is of earth, malt, chocolate and a bit of wheat, not what i'd expect from a weizen, though i knew this'd be darker and heavier in smell/taste/appearance going into it. the thatse is quite nice, starting a bit buttery than moving into a hint of smoke flavour before immediatley going into a burnt wheat/grain and earth flavour along with some malt to finish. i felt this was a nice first sample of the style. fairly smooth and full of flavour.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in the 12 oz brown bottle with a really pretty river scene label.
Nice dark almost mahogany brown beer..with a good sized tan head..that lingers long.
A good strong aroma dominated by chocolate malts..but I do dertect some small wheat sourness..but very light.
It has a sort of "thin" taste to it..almost tastes like a weak and chocolate flavours present.
Pretty average mouthfeel very watery.
Its drinkable but is this really a Dunkleweizen?

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Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very suprised by the negative reviews surrounding this one ... they are not trying for a Bavarian style and I reviewed it with that in mind.

Solid brown with a nice full light brown head and good carbonation. Roasted coffee and light chocolate aromas (no Bavarian character in aroma or taste). Tastes just like it smells. Light-medium bodied and easy drinking but smotth enough to not seem overly light.

I prefer Bavarian style Dunkel Weizens but this was delicious in it's own right !

I think this is now owned and/or brewed by Mactarnahan's/Portland Brewing Co.

Per MJ Beer Club notes: 2-row malt, malted white wheat, roasted barley and black malt. Mt. Hood, US Tettnang, and Spalt hops.

2003 GABF - Bronze Medal - American-Style Hefeweizen

Label states: "Unfiltered Wheat Ale"

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Photo of GreenCard
2.82/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: a weakish mahogany brown with a sudsy thin layer of head (where's the beef?), pretty clear for an unfiltered weizen, some lace

Aroma: biscuity/bready, a touch of roast, woody hops, hint of tart fruit

Flavor: pumpernickel breadiness followed by a roast-laced caramel flavor, a twinge of hops just a moment before the semi-dry finish, flavor progression is quick, not much complexity, slightly tart

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, pert carbonation, slight astringency (filminess on teeth), a touch of alcohol warmth

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Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of BeerManDan
2.33/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When poured, it was a dark amber color with no foam. The smell of hops was appearent and that was about it. The taste was awlful. There was no wheat in this beer, it had a sour/bitter taste and the same with the after taste. In fact, this is a NO Nothing Beer! What a big disappointment for an Unfiltered Wheat Beer!

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Photo of Tballz420
4.14/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a cola-colored brew, that turned a bit cloudy when the yeast was poured. Small, disappearing tan head. Great chocolate/caramel malt scent. Chocolate malts, miniamal hop bitterness, but nicely contrasted. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Overall i am impressed with this beer.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nor'wester Dunkel Weizen was served from a 12 oz. bottle. In an pint glass, the beer was a murky brassy-brown color, and was topped with a fine spicy-looking tan head that left decent lacing. The nose consisted of a nutmegy maltiness with a light molasses tinge to it and a nice countering hop bouquet. The somewhat weak flavor profile was composed of a firm and crisp wheaty tasting malt base that thinned out too much in the middle. It finished with a decent bitter finish that remained crisp with a subtle apple aftertaste. The body was adequately full and firm, with adequate carbonation. This decent but uninspired tasting brew drank quite well. Overall, not bad but nothing too exciting. The well-balanced flavors could be kicked up a notch.

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Photo of freed
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lets mix things up. I'm not a wheat drinker - but don't have strong reasons for not being.

Poured with a fiz - deep brown but with with excellent clarity. There's no foam. Not even a trace. There is just slight activity carbonation, but nothing appreciable.

The aroma is dominated by a peatiness and subdued wheat smell.

The taste is an odd mix of sour dark malt, sweet malts, and a slight fruit flavor even despite the significant filtering. The mouth is greeted by an effervescence similar to a sprite. The aftertaste is also sweet, but not oppressively so.

If I could change anything about this beer, I'd reduce filtering. It really adds to a beer, and a wheat sediment would be nice.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased by mail-order. Pours out a pleasant brown color, with a slight but my no means substantial tan head. Nose has a moderately caramelish, lightly roasted aroma. Flavor is more dark malts, somewhat coffeeish. Very neutral yeast character: no weizen type flavors, in fact no fruitiness I can find. Hop bitterness is moderately light, without much hop flavor. Finishes clean and malty. Moderate body, low carbonation for the style.

A disappointing beer. The German name made me hope for something with some Bavarian character, but there isn't any.

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Photo of marburg
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Eh. Boring.

Deep, woody brown colored brew with a thick off-white head. More or less looks like it should, I suppose. Not terribly aromatic, I don't think. Bits of caramel and bready aromas for sure. But where is the wheat-inspired fragrance I've come to love and expect? It's very minor.

To their credit, this isn't spoiled with over-hopping or anything of the sort. And it's incredibly easy to drink. Very smooth. It has a very lovely malt content -- unfortunately, it just doesn't really fit the style at all. And while I'm hardly a style hound, I do think that when you're going for some sort of wheat beer, the wheaty flavors should play a prominent role. And it's fairly minor here. A lot more carmel-ish barley malt and dark bread types of flavors, I think. Very, very easy to drink though. If this were on special at a bar, I'd slam this thing all night long.

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Photo of heinekenike
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typically I've never been a big fan of wheat beers, so after enjoying the first third of this beer, an alarm went off.

Pours a deep dark cloudy brown, with a good light caramel head which swiftly compressed. I was least impressed with the smell, which I liken to some kind of cheap lager. Not too wheaty but a tad thick to the feel--though again much less than the usual wheat beer. The taste is more of a burnt wheat/barley combo. More dark than wheat. A good beer for non-wheat beer fans, if that makes sense.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Shaw
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm glad the bottle's label says this is a Northwest take on a dark wheat ale. Don't have German dunkelweizens in mind when you drink this. It's different.

Pours a slightly cloudy brown with a brown head that quickly vanishes. There is almost no aroma at all. I'm noticing the smallest whiff of malt. Eh.

The taste is better than the smell, thankfully. I wouldn't know this was a wheat ale if I were doing a blind taste. The flavor of roasted malt is the most prominent. The taste reminds me of a brown ale. I'm sure this wasn't brewed with hefeweizen yeast since there are no flavors or smells (clove, banana) that would indicate its presence. I'd say the taste is average, as is the mouthfeel.

Overall, this is an average beer. If you are a fan of dark wheat ales, I'd suggest looking elsewhere.

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Nor' Wester Dunkel Weizen from Saxer Brewing Company / Nor'Wester Beer Company
3.42 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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